The Ohio Division of Wildlife recently released a report that ranks their top Ohio largemouth lakes of greater than 50 acres. According to their website, the results are based upon standardized fish surveys conducted during the previous five years. The results are broken down regionally, making it easy for you to find a hawg hunting lake to target near you come ice-out. Although I haven’t fished all the lakes in the report, I can certainly vouch for a good number of them on this list. You can check out the report at ODNR Bass Fishing Prospects Report.
Last week I posted an article detailing the step-by-step process for cleaning your baitcasting reels during this offseason. You don’t want to hit the water this spring with a great looking reel and a dirty rod do you? Have no fear, here is a quick and simple way to clean your cork fishing rod handles to make them look like new!
To illustrate, I pulled an old, grimy rod from the rack - a 10 year old Shimano Clarus that has never been cleaned.
Next, I took a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser sponge, wet it under the sink, and scrubbed the cork handle with it thoroughly. Here is the result after about 30 seconds of work.
If you don’t want to spend the money on a Magic Eraser, a rag saturated with some nailpolish remover will also work.
Finally, I wanted to remind everyone that we have created a fantasy bass fishing league for Ohio Bass Blog followers on the Bassmaster website if anyone is interested. The first event begins this Friday, the Bassmaster Classic, so you still have a few days to register – it’s free! You get to pick 5 anglers for each tournament in the Bassmaster Elite Series schedule. Based on your teams performance in each event, you score points. To sign up, visit http://www.bassmasterfantasy.com/GroupHome.aspx?groupId=5064. The group name is Ohio Big Bass and the password to join the league is OHIO BASS (all caps). Good luck!